I hate watermarbling, hate it. I love the look but the time it takes, the polishes that do not spread, the unknown look you will get if you dunk your finger at a slightly different angle. But I was inspired by Simply Nailogical’s video. She knows that watermarbles are a pain and often don’t work but her boyfriend, he is a water marble warlock and way better than her (and me for that matter). Plus he watermarbles with beer! Go watch it!
I bought this set of Essie Silk Watercolors ages ago and used the red in my halloween bloody nails. They are sheer, but not too sheer and I wondered how they would work for watermarbles.
Essie Silk Watercolor Water Marble Nail Art – Polishes & Tools
- Essie Blanc
- Essie White Page
- Essie Highest Bidder (red silk watercolor)
- Essie Point of Blue (blue silk watercolor)
- Essie Pen & Inky (green silk watercolor)
- Essie Gel Setter top coat
- Glisten & Glow Ctrl-Alt-Del latex barrier for easy cleanup
- Smallest dotting tool or orange stick
- Lots of Q-Tips & acetone soaked cotton pads for cleanup
- Cup of room temperature water
White two white polishes? I used blanc for a base since the brush is bigger. My set of Essie Silk Watercolors are minis so while the white is great for dropping into the cup of water, the regular brush on blanc is better for a full nail.
Drop white page, highest bidder, point of blue and pen & inky gently onto the surface of the water in random order. Using the smallest dotting tool or an orange stick, make shapes in your watermarble. Make sure to wipe your design tool between each swipe or the polish builds up and pulls the polish from the watermarble. I keep an acetone soaked pad beside my cup for easy cleanup.
Dip your finger in the cup, use a q-tip to remove the rest while keeping your finger in the water. Then remove your latex barrier and clean up and extra. Once finished, you will probably need to go around your cuticles with some remover/acetone too as watermarbles stick to everything! Top with a generous coat of Essie Gel Setter top coat and you are done.
The Essie Silk Watercolors are actually decent for watermarbling. They spread easily unlike so many polishes so are great if you have never tried watermarbling or none of your polishes spread across the cup. While Pen & Inky is fairly similar in colour, although lighter, Point of Blue is a beautiful lilac and Highest Bidder is more pink when used in a watermarble. The Silk Watercolors are slower to dry than many other polishes, so wait before removing your finger/the remaining watermarble.
Have you tried watermarbling? Love it or hate it?